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How I Learned to Love Saving Water

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James Newton

on 20 June 2015

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Transcript of How I Learned to Love Saving Water

How I Learned
to give up &
Love Saving Water

DROUGHT!
COST$
CATCH?
GREY
SWALE
AUTOMATE

Seems it
Never Rains in
Southern California
More Important:
50 Shades of
Grey... Wash Water
~22% / 1000 gal/mo for Laundry.
Your Property
is a
WATER TANK!
Or a water sponge...
Swale
it!
Rain Catchment?
Plastic, $$$, Ugly, "drop in the bucket"
How I Learned to Love Saving Water
Lost:
$2.2 Billion
17,100 Jobs
Many Salmon, Trout, Smelt
Lawns...
The gubment is charging
YOU
too much for Water!
We can build a better future for no reason at all.
"And then they came for the water parks...
THE WATER PARKS!
"
Even this "free" rainwater system made from donated materials can't pay for itself.
The world needs more plastic?
The average house uses almost
11,000 gallons a month
.
Ca Single Family Water Use Efficiency Study June 2011
www.massmind.org/techref/other/rainwater.htm
(sorry, had to be done)
Laundry to mulch bed Grey Water system ~$150
No Permit in SD!
3 Way Diverter Valve at washer outlet
Vacuum break
Emit under mulch bed
A few feet of
free
green!
Re-contour
to
CATCH
not
drain water.
Yard Pond!
Fill low point with mulch.
ZERO COST!
Free mulch from City. Labor.
AUTOMATION
water
valve
servo
trinket
moisture
sensor
power
Senses soil moisture,
adjusts valve only when needed to change supply.
Low power, solar no wires
Water 'Bot
LOW TECH, LOW COST, NATURAL SOLUTIONS ARE BEST
Indoor water use - About half of total
Problems:
-Still expensive
-Solar charger
-Fiddly
Looks cool tho..
and may yet
be useful.
Solar Plant Moisture Monitor
Using Digital Logic chips
Ultra low power, cheap $2
Red when dry, green ok
http://sbolt.home.xs4all.nl/e-groeneVinger_schema.html
Ready to manufacture... anyone wanna make a million?
Even if it rained every month, where do you put that big a tank? That $7,000 tank...
...not installed.
Reagent Robot
Automates Testing of Aquarium / Aquaponics Water Quality with Reagents that Change Color.
Aquaponics
can produce
food with 1/10th the water needed
for traditional
farming. But a
small tank can
get wacky
quicky...
RED
LED blinks
when the plant
is dry
GREEN
LED blinks when the plant
is ok
But you still
have to
water...
So you need something to monitor water quality
24/7 and chemical sensors only last about
months and cost $$$. Hopefully this
will cost less to run and still
be reliable
https://hackaday.io/project/4197-reagent-robot
SUMMARY
Uncle James needs YOU to save water!
Don't throw money at it, (catchment)
DO make your land a
Swale
Pond!
DO invest a bit in a
Grey Water
system
Automate
your plant watering
Moisture sensing
is possible, look for it
Solar powered automation is coming.
Let's work together!
Aquaponics
is the new backyard garden
Grow food faster, with
much less water
The bugs are being worked out
Join your local Aquaponics group
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